ICPALD/IGAD organized a 3-day regional stakeholders’ workshop to launch a technical coordination forum (TCF) on livestock identification and traceability systems (LITS) and animal health certification (AHC) under the project” Improving Animal Disease Surveillance in Support of Livestock Trade (STSD) in IGAD region”.
IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) organized a regional stakeholders’ workshop from March 06-07, 2014 in Naivasha, Kenya. NEALCO is a regional traders’ association with a mandate to promote, coordinate, share information and advocate for enhanced livestock and livestock products trade within and outside the region. The council is a private sector institution with membership of 13 countries (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, D.R. Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Somalia). It is also recognized by EAC and COMESA as multi REC traders association. The main objectives of the regional stakeholders’ workshop was to review and enrich the draft strategic plan and to assist NEALCO to develop a workable action plan for 2014.
From 2010 to 2012 IGAD undertook a reappraisal of the contribution of livestock to the national economies of these four IGAD member countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda). Using 2009 as a base year for comparison, the re-estimated value added to national GDP by livestock was, 19% to 150% higher than official estimates for that year depending on specific country. The monetary value added by livestock ranged from over half a billion US dollars in Uganda to over 14.5 billion US dollars in Sudan, totalling more than 23 billion US dollars for the four countries combined. This new regional estimate represented a 37% increase in value added over the combined official estimates in 2009 for the countries concerned. Clearly livestock are big business in East Africa – much bigger, in fact, than had been previously suspected.
The Advisory Committee of the VET-GOV project in the IGAD held its first meeting on 22nd November, 2013 at the Royal Suites Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
In Attendance was, Dr Solomon Munyua, Ag Director ICPALD representing ES IGAD; Dr Mohammed Abdelrazig, Vet- Gov Technical Assistant AU- IBAR; Hon Ali Wario, Member of Parliament ,Kenya National Assembly; Dr Kwaku Agyemang, Consultant- FAO SFE; Dr Sam Okuthe, Epidemiology FAO-Kenya; Mr Omeno Suji REGLAP; Dr Sowda Roble; Director of Livestock, Somalia; Dr Ameha Sebsibe ICPALD, Dr Samuel Wakhusama ICPALD/AU-IBAR; Dr Jacob Korok, Acting Director General of Veterinary Services-South Sudan and Dr Khidir Mohamed Elfaki, Director of Animal Health, Sudan.